Raptors Against Heat Turned Into One Giant NBA Brawl
Jan 10 2018 by Marjorie Miles
In the end, the Heat were able to come out on top thanks to some heroics from Wayne Ellington. The inbound pass went to Ellington, and Raptors forward Pascal Siakam made a mistake, overpursuing as he tried to catch up to the sharpshooting guard.
Toronto played without point guard Kyle Lowry because of a bruised tailbone suffered in Monday's overtime win at Brooklyn.
DeMar Derozan answered Goran Dragic's clutch basket with his own, giving the Raptors the lead via a follow up on his own miss with 3.1 seconds remaining.
As Lowry was helped off the court by Jonas Valanciunas and Serge Ibaka the immediate reaction by fans was how serious Lowry's injury was, given how hard he fell to the floor and his history of back issues.
DeRozan paved the way for the Raptors with 25 points. The skirmish began when the two started shoving one another while waiting for the ball to be inbounded under the Miami basket.
"It certainly felt like there was something at stake from the very tip, and that's the way it should be in this league", Spoelstra said. "There was a physicality, an edge to the game". Shabazz Napier added 21 points and Jusuf Nurkic had 20 points and eight rebounds as Portland beat Oklahoma City for the seventh time in nine meetings.
Julius Randle had 22 points and 14 rebounds to second the Lakers to their second straight win since a nine-game skid, 99-86 over the Kings.
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